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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Williams, John Foster 1743-1814 (search)
Williams, John Foster 1743-1814 Naval officer; born in Boston, Mass., Oct. 12, 1743; early became a sailor; had command of the Massachusetts cruiser Hazard in 1779; and with her took the Active; was placed in command of the Protector in 1780, and on July 9 of that year engaged the Admiral Duff, which after an hour and a half was destroyed by an explosion. While in command of the Hazard a second time that vessel with others was lost in the disastrous expedition to the Penobscot River. Subsequently while cruising in the West Indies he was taken prisoner and detained till the close of the war. He died in Boston, Mass., June 24, 1814.
ject. If it had been erected the Navy Yard would have been located lower down the river, and large ocean steamers would not now lie at the Charlestown docks. In 1803, at a town meeting of Nantucket, it was voted to petition Congress to assist the town in digging a channel from Brant Point to the outer bar. Some desired to include in the scheme the building of stone piers from Coatue Point and Brant Point to the outer bar. A survey of the harbor was made in the summer of 1803 by John Foster Williams and Lemuel Cox, and they reported it would be expedient to build wooden piers to protect the channel, one to extend from the northwest point of Coatue to the southwest corner of the black flats, the other to begin about one-third of the distance from the end of Brant Point to the Cliff and to extend to the northeast corner of Cliff Shoal, both upon straight lines. A report was made to the Federal government, 28 October, 1803, but the scheme was not accomplished. Of the family of